Construction in MB

It’s a beautiful morning in Manhattan Beach. I’ve been a resident of the South Bay for the past five years, but my best friend growing up lived here with her family. I have an immense love for the South Bay, and I’m very proud to call myself a local. However, lately this precious beach community has been looking a little less like paradise, and more like a mass construction zone. You can’t look in one direction without seeing the beginning stages of a multi-million dollar development project.

My morning routine consists of walking my beloved dog Jackson. I used to love our morning walks. The smell of the ocean air kissed my face, and the sound of the waves crashing was music to my ears. Now when we walk, we are met with the sound of power tools, yelling and garbage all along the street. I feel uncomfortable walking by myself because I am harassed by workers as I pass by. Empty beer bottles filled with urine are thrown into plants. The non-smoking rule is thrown to the wind, and cigarette butts are smushed against the concrete. There is no parking. Our driveway is constantly blocked, and there are non-city permitted “no parking” signs posted all around these properties. I had a worker prevent me from parking my car in a spot next to my house because he said that he was working on the property across the street, and he needed the spot. My garbage and recycling bins are filled to the brim with excess debris from these sites. There is glass, nails and harsh materials left uncleaned on the street, poking holes in all of our tires. This has to stop.

—Francesca Catalano, Manhattan Beach

Gratitude in MB

There aren’t words to express how grateful I am to the residents of Manhattan Beach for the honor of serving you as a city councilmember, mayor, and school board member for the last 16 years.

Having terrific colleagues, especially the current Council, makes getting hard things done easier. With the guidance of Steve Napolitano, Nancy Hersman and Richard Montgomery, the current Council has been able to move forward on many issues. I’m grateful to my friend David Lesser for his wit, integrity and intelligence.

Working together with colleagues, staff and residents, we were able to, among other things, build a public skate spot; start work on both a joint facility for Seniors and Scouts and a new fire station; banned smoking in all public places; and brought the Clean Power Alliance to the City and its residents. The City also improved its cultural arts programming, moving beyond the much loved sculpture garden to incorporating local art on utility boxes, pop-up art experiences, and historical archive restoration.

Here’s wishing Suzanne Hadley and Hildy Stern great success as they join the City Council team. I hope they find the joy in serving as I did.

This town is special, and to have played a small part in it is one of the great privileges of my life. My greatest thanks goes to my husband Mark for his total support, and my sons Ari and Jack, who are my greatest joys in a very joyful life.

With gratitude and love,

—Amy Howorth, Manhattan Beach

Nimby about BeachLife

Regarding the article about the upcoming BeachLife Festival (“BeachLife plans: traffic, safety, noise,” The Beach Reporter, March 28, 2019), I always go back to the fundamental question of who will benefit from this, or any, event. In this case, it’s surely not the residents of Redondo who simply want to live the quiet residential life they are paying for. Why do we want to “be seen by millions around the globe” or to have “Redondo Beach on the board as a great tourist attraction.

” If you want to live in Las Vegas, it’s right next door! Yes, some “local businesses” will see an uptick in business, but is that sufficient? What percentage of the citizenry are “local business people” who will profit from this temporary uptick? I particularly object to Allen Sanford’s quote about the Harbor area: “’I’ve been there a hundred times in the last three months,” Sanford said of the King Harbor area. “It’s a ghost town, it’s is an absolute ghost town. You have a lot of businesses that are suffering, that don’t have a lot of traffic...’” This disproved old chestnut wasn’t true when CenterCal tried to endlessly peddle it and it isn’t true now. As has always been said, go down any Friday, Saturday, Sunday and you’ll see that there is a thriving and populous vibe at our pier area. I would love to see the analysis projecting that I personally will financially benefit from what I suspect will at best be a dangerous camel’s nose under the tent, and at worst be a disaster.

—Jeffrey Edwards, Redondo Beach

Explore community college

El Camino College may be “The Smart Choice” for MCHS students, with unique transfer opportunities to prestigious universities such as Cal, UCLA, USC and LMU. Your first two years of college at El Camino College, Manhattan Beach’s local community college, offers small classes with engagement opportunities with your professors, a South Bay Promise Program that provides free college enrollment fees, new, state of the art college campus and facilities and, importantly, a socially, economically diverse student body. To our MCHS students and their families, I encourage you to explore the educational opportunities at El Camino College, it’s a great value and it may just be “The Smart Choice” for you to start your college career.

—Mark Burton, El Camino College Foundation board member

More about Maria street

The use of the streets, Lucia, Maria and Paulina in Redondo Beach, to take children to school has been a common occurrence since the houses and streets were built. It is not unfortunate that the public is using the public streets; they are public streets. Most of the residences on the streets surrounding both schools were purchased with full knowledge that the schools created traffic. Restricting traffic to approach the schools just pushes traffic to other residential streets like Lucia. Residents of the area now have to turn right onto Lucia (from 190th) instead of Maria. Lucia residents don’t deserve all the traffic that was shared with Maria in the past. Now from our neighborhood to turn left on 190th, the approach must be from Paulina and Paulina residents won’t appreciate the additional traffic either. The idea that one street’s occupants should have less traffic than another suggests that their safety and comfort are more important than others. Another case of “nimby.”

I live on Maria and do not want driving restrictions placed on Maria or any other public street. Traffic calming is just another name for preferential treatment.

—Patricia Mintun, Redondo Beach

PCH and 190th traffic woes

Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach police refuse to ticket those drivers at the intersection of 190th/Anita and Pacific Coast Highway. Going west on 190th/Anita, drivers who are in the left lane are supposed to turn onto PCH. The next lane to the right is for those turning onto Catalina. But, the drivers from the Catalina lane are constantly swerving over to the PCH turn and it’s dangerous. Also, I have seen the PCH lane turn into the Catalina lane at the last minute. All those drivers who constantly do this should be cited. Or, maybe the signs could be larger to make an impression on those drivers not in the front of the lanes, and realize at the last minute they are in the wrong lane. I am a resident who has 99% of the time has seen this happen when in one of those lanes. And I’ve have had people from the Catalina lane almost hit me while I am turning onto PCH.

Also, while I am at it, the lights at Catalina and PCH and 190th are horrible. If a car is on Catalina, turning left onto PCH, the lights at 190th do allow enough cars coming from Catalina to go left without blocking the intersection. It’s horrible. Please, change the lights and how much time is given to the Catalina to PCH traffic to turn.

—Vicky Oetzell, Redondo Beach

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